New social neighbourhoods
Lighthous Seestadt. An Cooperative Housing Project for the Seestadt Aspern
Lighthouse Seestadt is a cooperative self-built project in the urban area of Seestadt Aspern. The group stands for a high social sustainability of the project and the same is true for the Die WoGen that has written this commitment in its statutes for all of its projects. The basis of the conception of a social sustainability for the lighthouse is the shared housing (gemeinschaftliches Wohnen):
The group aims not only a common collective housing building but also a use of the house as a community. The basis for this is the co-decision in the planning and in the construction of the building as well as a largely autonomous self-determination in regards of the use of the building as it is also foreseen by the orientation of Die WoGen. The co-decision is not only related to the individual flats but also to the communicative common facilities and corridors that can be used in a variety of ways. The common facilities are located in the most attractive areas of the building, i.e. in the ground floor and in the attics and are used and managed by the group and the inhabitant’s/tenant’s association themselves. The ground floor foresees also space for business activities oriented towards different target groups. In addition, there is a general commitment to provide housing for those becoming elderly and the mix of generations. The inhabitant’s/tenant’s association is actively involved in accompanying a lively mix of generation and sizes of households. This warranties a living together of all generations - children, parents and grandparents. The lighthouse promises a living adapted to elderly, a relocation when coming into age or complex adaptation are barely necessary. Beyond the usual accessibility for people with disabilities some flats shall ensure full accessibility and can be equipped from the start with standardized and hence affordable WC/bath facilities. So called Flexrooms between the living spaces in the flats serve as areas for potentials either regarding future care and assistance needs or as additional rooms that can be rented as working space. The construction cost are kept low by planning a compact, yet not to small overall structure, a small(er) amount of parking spaces (according to the model of collectives homes, as for example for elderly or students) as well as by economic ground plots (with flats that are not too big while common facilities are prioritized). Due to the orientation of Die WoGen towards affordable housing of its members, the flats are socially bound on the long term. The Lighthouse Seestadt wants in addition to serve as a point of identification of the neighbourhood. It shall be a visually outstanding building and become through the activities of the inhabitant’s/tenant’s association and its co-operations with existing initiatives and infrastructures a major social nodal point. The “Atrium of Neighbourhood” in the ground floor will serve as special focus in the
The Die WoGen is a “new cooperative” in the sense of an innovative cooperative as it exists already in Zürich (Kalkbreite, Mehr als Wohnen) or Munich (Wagnis, Wogeno). The founder of Die WoGen bring in their respective experience from projects such as Sargfabrik, Wohnprojekt Wien and Seestern Aspern in order to implement the best possible the development, the financing and the realization of the WoGen projects. The Die WoGen as well as the non-profit housing associations in general aim at extracting housing from the speculation circle and at calculating continuously the fees for housing and living in regards to the real costs and not in regards to the market. This is ensured by the statutes and the cooperative principles of self-management and self-responsibility: the inhabitants of WoGen buildings are at the same time members and hence owners of the cooperative and decide on the issues concerning the enterprise. A privatization by buying the flat (via the rent) is not possible.
The Self-Built Group is organized as an inhabitant’s/tenant’s association which will, upon construction and finalization of the building rent the whole building from the Die WoGen through an overall rental agreement in order to run a collective home. The single units are given to the members via a user contract. The latter are hence 1st Co-owners of the cooperative, 2nd Members of the inhabitant’s/tenant’s association and 3rd inhabitants of the building.
More information: https://leuchtturm.diewogen.at